“I need to try more places. I feel like there is so much I don’t even know about with all that’s been changing in the city.” –Amanda B.
The point of Tour de Cincinnati is to familiarize its readers with the Queen City and the many goings-on in the area. Therefore, I feel that—conceptually—it makes the most sense to utilize the map of Cincinnati, even if its silhouette isn’t easily recognizable. While it is an abstract image at first glance, merely understanding it is actually an outline of the map of Cincinnati is a learned thing—much like how people see Cincinnati, but they don’t really see Cincinnati for all that it’s worth until they explore all of its vast and wonderful nuances.
I was having a hard time choosing between a map of Ohio and a map of Cincinnati. After thinking about it, the movement that the outline of the city creates with the eye is truly a beautiful thing, much like the rolling hills and sweeping vistas apparent throughout the region. Additionally, I really want everyone to readily recognize the latter and to think that, even though it may not be as aesthetically appealing as the former, it is more obscure, beautiful, and different nonetheless.